Orange You Glad It's Friday?
Occasion: Errands, wardrobing a photo shoot
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Outdoor Temps: 71°F (breezy)
Activity Level: Moderate
Wearing: Nexx silk blouse, vintage belt, Free People Skyler flares, Tsubo Cellini sandals
Bright color loves me, but I don't always love how it makes me feel. I have plenty of introverted tendencies, so I don't often want to feel like the neon light in a dark room - but for the right summery, fun-oriented occasion, I gravitate to sour and tropical brights like orange.
Orange combines two warm colors for a hue that reads as aggressively optimistic. Wearing orange in a business setting has plenty of positive and negative connotations both. From Empower Yourself With Color Psychology:
Positive Meanings in Business:
adventurous, risk-taking, vibrant, flamboyant
stimulating to the senses
warm, sociable, optimistic, enthusiastic, cheerful
self-confident, independent, extroverted and uninhibited
warm-hearted, agreeable and informal
Negative Meanings in Business:
superficial and insincere
dependent, over-bearing, self-indulgent
the exhibitionist, pessimistic
cheap, unsociable, and overly proud
In order to tone down the effects of this aggressively cheerful color in such a bright, clear, and bold form, I try to avoid pairing it with other bright, clear, and bold colors. Instead, I favor supporting colors and neutrals that are washed/lightened, darkened, or less saturated. In this outfit, this means washed jeans, a faded vintage belt, light tan shoes and faux fur, a gray topper, and natural looking makeup. In the Fall, I also really love orange with dark cognac, chocolate brown, and soft or textured black.
Of course not all colors are the same - offshoots of orange like coral, fiesta red, and brown will have their effects diluted with the effects of other colors mixed into the dye. This not only informs how the color will look against your complexion but also how it will be perceived by others. Choosing the colors that represent you with care and purpose will always give you more control over your image.